During the planning of visits to Bewl it is difficult to ensure that the number and types of boats match the number and ability of helm and crew so every one has an enjoyable sail; we often don’t know who will be going until the last minute and the weather is a big factor. This year every thing ended up just about perfect to give a marvellous Monday for 15 Aquarius members with 5 boats.
The weather forecast was for a 15 mph wind with a very wet morning; fortunately the rain cleared up before packing to leave at 7:30 am.
Nigel Knowles was expecting to bring two Lasers, his and a club one, but unfortunately was unable to come.
On Friday Richard Cannon had a phone call from Anna Iremonger to say she would be coming, her first time, but she couldn’t bring her Laser; Richard managed to find the supports he had made years ago for mounting a Laser on top of his Signet so was able to take it. Liz Archer crewed for Richard.
Mike Baker took his Signet and Keith Hatton crewed for him with Lyn, Madeline, and Laurie Bridges coming as supporters.
Rodger Wheeler decided the Bosun would suit the conditions and also took masts and booms for the Laser, Pico, and Richard’s Signet; Graham Thompson crewed.
New members Simon and Hanna Lunniss, with the rest of the family Oonie, Robbie and Dominic were coming; they decided the club Pico would be their best option and fortunately they had a substantial roof rack on the car that was suitable for the Pico; the Pico proved to be an excellent choice.
The journey was extremely easy with no jams and only 75 minutes from Hampton; not typical bank Monday holiday traffic.
Pursuit races were scheduled lasting 2 hours from the 10:30 start with the faster boats starting later; the Signets, with a PYS of 1265, were the first boats away at 10:58 as Simon decided not to join the racing. A Laser 4000, PYS of 908, was the last boat away at 11:24. There were only 25 entries and 5 of those were Aquarius boats!!
The course used nearly all the marks and, following Mike Baker’s example on Sunday, had many gybe marks; a lap took about 40 minutes.